National Council of Sports (NCS) under the Ministry of Sports and Education will recognise the top performing Sports federations in the 2018 calendar year.
Football Association (FUFA), Uganda Netball Federation (UNF), Woodball Association and Athletics body are the associations to be awarded.
Head of Corporate affairs at NCS Isma Dhakaba Kigongo revealed to ChimpSports that the big ceremony will be held on Tuesday, December 18 at MTN Arena in Lugogo starting 7PM.
Minister for Sports Hon Charles Bakkabulindi, NCS’ officials John Bosco Onyik (Chairman), Patrick Ogwel (Ag General Secretary), Zubair Galiwango and David Katende among others are expected to grace the event.
Federations’ heads and members of the press are also expected to attend on the day NCS will also launch the second edition of its magazine that will shed more light on the achievements of Uganda’s sports in 2018.
Government Funding Elevating Sports In Uganda
Its nolonger a secret that Government increased funding from Shs4.4bn last year to Shs17.4bn this financial year (2018/19).
And it’s not a coincidence that the increase in funding has come at the same time when Sports has made a big mark.
It has been a wonderful year for Uganda in Sports where the country sent probably the biggest contingent ever, to represent at the first edition of the East Africa Community Games recently in August in Burundi.
Uganda’s flag has been held high in many sporting disciplines in and outside Africa. The success story, according to many, has been majorly achieved due to the increased government investment in Sports.
National Football team the Uganda Cranes booked their ticket to the Africa Cup of National scheduled next year following a successful campaign in the qualifiers.
Uganda’s woodball team finished second in the Beach Woodball Cup held in Indonesia as they celebrated ten years of existence. The team also participated in Taiwan Open and will host the Beach Woodball World Cup next year.
In Netball, Uganda successfully defended the African Championship for the third year running with a triumphant campaign in Lusaka Malawi.
In the process, Uganda qualified to play in the Netball World Cup due July 12 to 21 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.
In Athletics, the Commonwealth medals at Gold Coast headlines a successful year: Joshua Cheptegei scooped two gold medals in the 5000m and 10,000m races, Stella Chesang bagged another gold in the 10,000M women race in the same category where Mercyline Chelangat finished third to take bronze.
Solomon Mutai won silver in the tense Marathon Uganda Athletics team completed five of six medals overall. Sixth medal came from Boxing – Juma Miiro.
It should be noted that Boxing and Basketball federations have also had good campaigns in this calendar year.
About National Council Of Sports
National Council of Sports (NCS) is a statutory organ whose establishment, status and powers are enshrined under The NCS Act of 1964, to among other things; Develop, Promote and Control sports activities in Uganda on behalf of
Government, under the Ministry of Education and Sports.
The NCS which is linked to the Supreme Council for Sports in Africa (SCSA) and other relevant sports organizations serves as an apex organization that coordinates all sports activities in the country, in conjunction with National Sports Associations/Federations.
The NCS mandate among others include;
1. Develop and promote all forms of sport on national basis, in conjunction with voluntary amateur sports bodies, and also providing training and the required staff.
2. Encourage and facilitate cooperation among the various national sports associations.
3. Approve international and national sports competitions and festivals organized by national and other associations.
4. Organize, in conjunction with the nation associations, national and
International competitions and festivals as a means of gaining experience
and fostering friendly relations with other nations, and other activities as may be approved by the minister.
5. Stimulate interest in sports at all levels.
6. Plan the general policy of sports promotion.
7. Award, in consultation with the national associations, medals, diplomas, certificates and other incentives for the encouragement and promotion of sporting activities.
8. Sponsor scholarships for the training of coaches and organizers.